March 2, 2013
NORFOLK, VA. -
Delaware smacked four home runs en route to an 11-1 six-inning win over Army in the opening round of the Spartan Classic Saturday morning hosted by Norfolk State at the NSU Softball Field.
The Blue Hens (8-2), who trailed 1-0 after the first inning, tied the game on Tori Conrad's leadoff home run in the bottom of the second inning, then ripped three more homers in exploding for 10 runs in the sixth to force the game to be called on the eight-run mercy.
Marissa Newman led off the sixth with a solo homer down the left field line to snap the tie. With one out, Shelby Jones ripped a home run with two men on board. Michelle McKinnon delivered a pair of runs with a single along with an RBI by Gina Knutson that gave Delaware an 8-1 lead. Kaitlyn Breneman capped the inning with her three-run homer to force the game to be called.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their first at bat on senior co-captain Alex Reynolds' RBI single delivering freshman Kasey McCravey, who drew a walk off starting pitcher Hannah Rust and stole second base. Marina Northup followed with a single, but Rust retired the next batter on a flyout to right field.
The Blue Hens reached third base in the home half of the first, but Army hurler Morgan Lashley (1-4) stranded their leadoff runner on a flyout to left field and infield popup to the third baseman. Taylor Curran took over the circle for Delaware in the top of the second inning with one out and a runner at second base. She threw shutout ball in yielding just four hits and one walk over 4.2 innings to record the win in improving to 2-1.
After Delaware tied the game in the home half of the second, neither team was able to get a run across over the next three frames with Army stranding runners in scoring position in the third inning and the Blue Hens in the third and fourth innings. Delaware raked Lashley for eight of its 14 hits in the sixth inning.
Army collected seven hits with freshman Christian McKone going 2-for-3.
Army (2-4) will look to rebound against host Norfolk State at 1 p.m.